If I’m still around in November 2020 I’ll celebrate my 80th birthday, which will also be the anniversary of the arrival of my forebears in America. Like many immigrants, they didn’t know much about the country they were bound for. They loved their homeland, but war, crime, religious clashes and...
The Denver Art Museum will open “Claude Monet: the Truth of Nature” on Oct. 21. Co-created by the DAM and the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany, Denver will be only American museum to host the show. It will be, according to the DAM, “The most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two […]
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Mean dogs never let go of a bone, just as former politicians never let go of an unresolved issue. Leaving city council in 1997, one unresolved item led my “to do” list as a private citizen; a new Summit House for Pikes Peak. So I got to work, going...
Who was the greatest American? A generation ago, a typical shortlist might have included Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson, both Roosevelts, Martin Luther King Jr. and Jane Addams. Five white guys, one black guy and one woman. In today’s fractured and fragmented country, such shortlists have disappeared. By many, the Founding Fathers...
This week I found myself worrying about Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, China, North Korea and Russia. I fretted about President Trump and tried to figure out whether firing John Bolton was a good thing (one less crazed interventionist in the administration) or a bad thing (surrender monkeys hand over Afghanistan...
Released on June 12, the city’s updated Historic Preservation Plan, HistoricCOS, will be “unveiled” to the public at the Pioneers Museum on Aug. 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. As drafted, it’s 80 pages of hopeful bureaucratese (tinyurl.com/CSBJ-HistCOS). The authors clearly support historic preservation, treasure historic neighborhoods and believe that...
As the 2020 elections loom ominously on the horizon, maybe we should pay less attention to the Trump vs. (Candidate to be nominated in Milwaukee July 13-16) and more to the political parties. Yeah, I know. My Dem friends think that the country will be doomed if The Donald remains...
During my decades in Colorado Springs, I’ve seen our city go from boom to bust half a dozen times. I’ve seen banks fail and developers go broke, flee and leave their lenders and investors holding the bag.  I’ve see other stricken developers man up, refuse to declare bankruptcy, pay...
What does Colorado Springs want? Or more precisely, who is being encouraged to move here? We know the answer: Millennials! The reasons seem compelling. A city without young people is literally dying. Who will start new businesses, fill high-tech jobs, form families, buy houses and lead the community into the...
Sorry to rain on Colorado’s latest bipartisan political parade, but moving the Bureau of Land Management from Washington, D.C. to Grand Junction is a lousy idea. Both Colorado senators have jumped aboard the moving van, mouthing the usual platitudes about bringing government closer to the people. “The problem with Washington is...
Successful Republican presidential candidates in the modern era have often had experience in business or the military (or both), as well as in government. Dwight Eisenhower, perhaps our greatest military commander, became president of Columbia University after the war until he discarded the scholar’s robe to become president. Richard...
If you were around these parts in 1972, you may remember the slogan “Don’t Californicate Colorado.” That was the informal rallying cry of Colorado residents who were opposed to hosting the 1976 Winter Olympics, and successfully killed the project in a statewide referendum. Opponents cited multiple reasons for nixing the...